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Jeffrey Toobin On John Edwards Trial: 'This Is A Mess' (VIDEO)

05/31/2012 03:28 pm 15:28:55 | Updated Jul 31, 2012

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin was characteristically candid about the latest shambolic developments in the John Edwards corruption trial.

After days of protracted deliberation, the jury revealed on Thursday that they had reached a unanimous verdict on just one of the six counts that Edwards has been charged with. The judge in the trial sent the jury back to deliberate further. (UPDATE: The jurors returned to the courtroom later during the day. Edwards was found not guilty of one of six charges. The jury could not reach a verdit on the other five counts, leaving the judge to declare a mistrial.)

Speaking just after the announcement, Toobin was frank.

"This is a mess," he said. "This is not how a trial is supposed to end ... I assure you that the legal term for this is 'a mess.' Juries are supposed to resolve an entire case."

Toobin said that the prosecution could theoretically accept a partial verdict and then retry Edwards on the other counts, but that this would be a "cumbersome, expensive ... some would say unfair" way to go about things.

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